From the President

How about those new windows—As this newsletter rolls off the copy machine, the siding is going up on Stewart Hall, and painting begins on the Wagner Haus. What an improvement to the hall, and what an amazing face lift to a 207-year-old building!  Thanks for all the many donations (more still needed) and thanks to Ed Eckstein Construction for the care and planning it took to remove old windows and install the new ones while maintaining the integrity of the old brick walls. Cellos in Harmony—An incredible weekend. Sold-out concerts in the wine cellar and barn; senior citizens touched with a moving concert at Passavant, and many, many students impacted at the Seneca Valley assemblies and the student workshops held in Stewart Hall and Grace Church. Thank you, cellist Eugene Friesen, and thanks to all who helped make this a great event. Harmony Museum Website—special thanks to our Web Master (and shop manager) Jo Annette Cynkar for the great job working with our website company, Courtland Consulting, to get our new website launched.  We welcome your suggestions, and your photos for the Area Memories page on the site.  Visitors Information Cabin—Thanks to the Carothers family for their donations to continue improvements on the structure that once was part of their home.  New Ideas—the museum board of directors has established three new committees focused on Membership, Fundraising, and Education.  If you’d like to lend your ideas, give me a call. Fresh ideas will help us grow, and it’s a good way to help the Museum and give back to the community.
  ~ Rodney Gasch, President, Historic Harmony, 724-290-2129

There are many volunteers to thank this month:

Danke Schön—monetary donations: 

Joan Szakelyhidi, Harmony; Shelby Ruch, Zelienople; Rodney Gasch, Evans City; Peoples Natural Gas Co. LLC;  

Visitor’s Information Cabin improvements:  Meredith and Tracey Carothers, Nicole Sharrar, Melinda and Christopher Harold, Winnifred Sharrar, Ann Carothers, Kenneth Endler, Mary and Phillip Carothers, Albert and Deborah Carothers, Tracey and John Carothers

Cellos in Harmony: Farmers National Bank;  Pane Relief: Dale & Tricia Keller, Harmony


Danke Schön—items:  Spinning wheel, Shelby Ruch; standing sign, Rhonda Eppinger


Danke Schön to all who helped to make the Cellos in Harmony weekend such a success:     Co-chairs Robin Wuchina and Andrew Orient, plus Dave Wuchina, Gwen Lutz, Kevin Lutz, Cheryl Speir, Curt Crocker, Joan Szakelyhidi, Lisel Moser, Rodney Gasch, Aaron Orient, Chuck Welsh, Richard and Susan Webb.  Special thanks to Grace Church for providing space for the student workshop.


Thanks also to: Those who helped scrub the Harmonist Wine Cellar clean for the Eugene Friesen concert: Robin Wuchina, Cheryl Speir and Curt Crocker, Andrew Orient, Phyllis Metz, Gwen Lutz; to  Ken and Kevin Lutz for installing the chimney on the Gluhwein Hütte and to Rodney Gasch for painting it black; to Kevin Lutz and Dave Szakelyhidi for installing the National Register plaque on the Meetinghouse, and to Chuck Welsh and Elaine Wise for mowing at the Meetinghouse Cemetery. And to Bob Franz for restoration work on the outdoor bake oven.

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